Measuring Peace in a Dangerous World
The gap between countries with low levels of peacefulness and high levels is widening, peace researcher Michelle Breslauer tells Janet Nicol.
Riding the Nuclear Tiger: The Fear of Disarmament
Both the US and Russia face a similar dilemma: continuing to possess nuclear weapons is fraught with danger, and yet they fear losing them even more. Bilateralism hasn’t worked for at least the past 20 years; Metta Spencer calls for a multilateral approach. COMMENT
North Korea: A Year in Review
The world was not even a week into 2016 when North Korea tested its first nuke since 2013. Ballistic missile launches—and a second nuclear test—rounded out the year, as Manpreet Abrol reports.
Does Canada Want Nuclear Disarmament?
Unfortunately, the thousands of letters that Canadians sent to Justin Trudeau had no effect, as the Canadian UN delegation voted against a resolution for a “legally binding instrument to prohibit nuclear weapons”. COMMENT
Towards this Generation’s New Left: Impediments and Possiblities
The past decade has seen many efforts towards a “New” Left, but the current wave of angry, nativist populism has been a crisis for progressive forces in many countries. Richard Sandbrook looks at how we can work with civil society to build a “left wing of the possible”.
Ursula Franklin 1921-2016
Mel Watkins remembers the late metallurgist, physicist, and peace activist, whose theory of technology and control is introduced in her best-known book, The Real World of Technology. COMMENT
Give Cyber Peace a Chance
Armed forces have had a free run in “militarizing” the electronic frontier, with some states openly carrying out operations such as the 2010 Stuxnet attack against Iran. It’s time for a global cyber peace initiative, says Paul Meyer. COMMENT
Eisenhower’s Atoms for Peace: The Mark of a New Age or Cause for Concern?
In 1958, the US government financed an atomic research centre and reactor for the University of Kinshasa, in what was then the Belgian Congo The now-derelict reactor was ransacked in 1997 at the end of the Mobutu dictatorship, its fuel rods stolen for resale on the global black market. Such was the legacy of Atoms for Peace, writes Adam Wynne.
Lanza del Vasto, Nonviolence and Enduring Suspicion
The atmosphere in France today reminds René Wadlow of the Algerian war, when fear of the “Other” led to widespread detentions without charge or trial. The Catholic and Gandhian pacifist Lanza de Vasto responded by organizing nonviolent activists to show up at a detention centre, asking to be arrested with the slogan “We are all suspects”.
Newsworthy: Russians prepare for nuclear war; Don’t bank on the Bomb; Right to Peace; New Secretary-General
Reviews: Jane Mayer, Dark Money, reviewed by Ron Shirtliff; Ray Cunnington, Towards Less Adversarial Cultures, reviewed by Paul Dekar; War and Evolution: A Review Essay by Michel Duguay.